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Find best shoe for rehab after knee replacement surgery
Having my 2nd knee replacement surgery and want to find a good shoe for rehab. After my 1st replacement during rehab my feet were in a lot of pain. Ended up just taking my shoes off which my physical therapist didn't recommend.
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EricLuedeman Frequent Contributor replied
I would suggest for you to go to a specialty running store that can fit you in person.   They shoul... more
Inspiration from Steve Prefontaine--Why we run
"You have to wonder at times what you're doing out there. Over the years, I've given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement." Steve Prefontaine
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EricLuedeman Frequent Contributor replied
Great quote.   My favorite Pre quote is "some people create with words or music or with paints. I l... more
Track Team Reports
  I know it's a bit early, but how do your track teams look? What kind of season are you expecting?
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EricLuedeman Frequent Contributor replied
Great job with those championships.    Great job and a huge pat on the back more
Going a little lighter for marathon shoe?
I've been both training and racing in Ravenna series shoes for several years, but I'm exploring the option of going with a slightly lighter shoe. I use the Racer ST (and now have a pair of Asterias) for speed work, but it doesn't provide enough cushion (for me) at long distances. Any recommendations for something in between for marathons? Pure Cadence perhaps? I'd prefer something with a little stability, enough cushion, and a little less weight. Thoughts?
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afs New Contributor replied
Thanks for the recommendations! I got myself a couple pairs of the Launch 4 and have had a bit of t... more
Quote from Glenn Cunningham
    All runners should know the story of Glenn Cunningham. At age eight, his legs were badly burned in a fire, and he was told he would never walk again. But the determined lad wouldn't listen to doctors, and he vowed he would walk, and even run again. Eventually he would set the mile world record and win a silver medal in the 1936 Olympic 1500.   
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ccalfee Valued Contributor replied
What a great quote.  Thanks for sharing and reminding all of us what we are truly running against w... more
State of running specialty stores
What is the overall state of running specialty stores. It seems many are struggling, losing out to the lower prices of internet outlets. Personally, I don't mind paying a bit more from a local store, since I feel I get so much more for my time and effort. And they serve several valuable services to the local running community, with training programs, race promotion, and equipment advice.   What's your take on this?
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ccalfee Valued Contributor replied
Many of your responses have been from individuals who use/value the running specialty store.  They ... more
Looking for online testers to help Brooks create a better product!
The Brooks Digital Experience team is looking for willing testers to help us create a better online experience for our customers. We're setting up a beta testers group within The Run community and we would love your help!   Being a part of this group will allow you to participate in user studies that involve all the things Brooks does digitally. We'll post surveys and quick tests for you to participate in, and in return, you will have the opportunity for discounts and contest entries.   Respond to this post if you'd like to participate. We'll be limiting the number of people initially but will open it up to more people as we expand the program.   Once you've been accepted as a tester, you'll be able to see a "BETA Test Area" topic added to the community sidebar. This is the exclusive area within the community for our testers, where we will be posting tests and you can ask questions as needed.   Thanks! Brooks Digital Experience Team
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MDCJR Occasional Visitor replied
I'M IN! more
Winter Running Hacks?
This one is always necessary...   How do you sustain quality training during a snowy, cold winter?   (If you are from southern Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, or SoCal, ignore this one... maybe throw on shorts and a light T and go for a sunny-side-up jog... the rest of us have real work to do!)   Here are my recent attempts: Ice spikes : Decent product, given that all it really is is screws that you drive into your shoes... but they do work... on certain surfaces. Not a dynamic solution. Dirt roads with ice and packed snow. Stuff like that. I hate over-shoe solutions (Yakyaks, or whatev... bad experiences with everything under the sun - ok for an especially slow jaunt... but not for quality winter training) Trail Shoes : This is my most recent (you would think I would have tried it sooner) solution! I have mostly paved roads and bike paths around my house, and while they get plowed, these ain't no city streets. They are always snow-covered, for the most part. Trail shoes do it just right. Traction on the lightly dusted but slippery packed-snow surfaces. And they tend to resist water a bit better than traditional training shoes. Gym Membership : not a fan. But it is necessary - must find a gym with a relatively functional track. None of those 27-laps to a mile tracks... those are deadly. My most important indicator of an acceptable track is the cornering. If you can take a corner at decent speeds without playing pinball with the inadequately padded steel pillars, then it works. Here's why: treadmills and snowy roads have two things in common. (1) They are not representative of actual running surfaces the rest of the year (when you have consistent traction and the road doesn't move for you), and (2) they force compensations in subtle ways that often amount to overusing and underusing various muscle groups that you worked so hard to condition properly for the rest of the year. Thus, I try to get on an indoor track at least once/week (if possible), even if it is for an easy run. Just don't run 2 hours on a tiny track going the same direction. Something will break. GET THE RIGHT GEAR! This one distresses me... I see people running in shorts all the time, and folks, I live in WEST MICHIGAN. This morning, it was 13 degrees when I left my house. Not only the shorts, though, they wear the cotton hoodies, the 180 degree ear muff things... all sorts of fashion-forward athletic-ware. I'm not about that life. I go for multiple levels of running tights (from indoor-thin to double layered fleece), long socks that are NOT 100% cotton (ugh), base-layer type shirts that are form-fitted, light half-zips for insulation, wind and water-resistant shell jackets with multiple layers, and multiple sizes of hats and gloves and balaclavas in order to be able to layer them when needed. When I finish an hour run, I like to feel like I just jogged through a sauna. It might take me 3 days to replenish my fluids, but the most important thing is that when I open my door, the cold doesn't discourage me at all. Perhaps you belong to the school of thought that says winter is a time to chillax and keep it breezy. (If so... you probably come by it genetically, given that humanity has shared that opinion for... nearly the entirety of history.) I am inclined to agree... for a bit. But folks, after a month of keeping the key low and the back laid, I'm ready to start the climb again. Why? Because I want to actually enjoy racing in the spring, and for me, at least, that means a strong base of quality running to build up some race-ready fitness.    And if you made it this far in the post...  share your own Winter Running Hacks!
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marpr227 Founding Runner replied
We all have our limits, both physical and common sense. I once coached a distance runner here (Texa... more
weatherproof walking shoe
Looking for a good walking shoe
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ccalfee Valued Contributor replied
Do you use the fit process at www.brooksrunning.com?  What type of shoe did it recommend?  I work p... more
Plantar Fasiatis
I am just healing from Planters Fasiatis in both feet. I still have some pain in my heels. I'm running in Brooks Ghost 9. I have seen a Podiatrist who hit me with steroids and inserts. Should I change shoes or is treatment the only cure.
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EricLuedeman Frequent Contributor replied
I hate those words PF.   I had it once and saw a pedotrist who wanted to put me in orthotics and a ... more
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